Born Jan. 1, 1919, Edith grew up in Harmony Township in Morrow County, youngest of Alfred E. and Maud Brown Evans. Sisters Alma Faye Mateer and Ruth Stella Weaver preceded her in death. Edith graduated from Chesterville High School as President of the “Lucky Thirteen” class of 1936 and The Mansfield Commercial Institute, Inc. in 1937.
Edith married Jacob Leslie Kunze (1917-1971) on Sept. 27, 1938. Their life together was blessed with much activity and Edith maintained a pivotal role in both her family and the many churches Leslie (Rev. Kunze) served throughout Ohio included Cairo, Roundhead, Port Jefferson, Westville, Columbus, Pomeroy, Delphos, West Carrollton, Toledo and Lima.
After the death of her beloved husband, she returned to West Carrollton and worked for several years at the Dayton AAA office. Later she moved to Cardington to be with her sister, Alma. There she met and married Frederick Russell (1917-1998), father of Joan Russell and David (Cynthia) Russell, all of Pittsburgh, Pa., and grandfather of two.
Edith traveled extensively, was an avid gardener and a life-long learner. She resided several years at Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community and moved once again to West Carrollton to live with her family. She was a member of Otterbein-Lebanon United Methodist Church, Jacob Eby Chapter #571 Ohio Eastern Star, Morrow County Historical Society, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 97 of Cardington.
Edith will return one last time to Morrow County for burial at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville. Graveside memorial will be held at a yet undetermined date.